South Dakota Murderer Charles Rhines’s Last Meal and Last Words
In 1992 Charles Rhines killed 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer while he robbed a Rapid City doughnut shop. Rhines has been on death row in South Dakota since his conviction.
63-year-old death row inmate Charles Rhines was executed for his crime at 7:39 p.m. on Monday by lethal injection.
KSFY TV wrote that the execution, originally scheduled to be carried out at 1:30 p.m. was delayed for hours while the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in a last-minute, eventually denying all three of Rhines' appeals.
Jack Caudill with KEVN in Rapid City said Rhines was very calm and some of Rhines' last words were "Ed and Peggy Schaeffer, I forgive you for your anger and hatred toward me. I pray to God he forgives you for your anger and hatred toward me."
Ed and Peggy Schaeffer are Donnivan Schaeffer's parents. According to the Argus Leader Rhines’s last meal included:
- Fried Chicken
- Cantaloupe or musk melon
- Yogurt (strawberry and cherry)
- Black licorice
- Cookies and cream ice cream
- Root beer
- Coffee with cream and sugar